LoL Mid-Season Cup 2020: LCK And LPL Showdown
Posted 22nd May 2020 By: Derpina    157 Views
Esports News – Since there’s no Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) to determine the LoL regional powerhouse teams in 2020, Riot Games is hosting the Mid-Season Cup, the biggest showdown between League Champions Korea (LCK) and League of Legends Pro League (LPL).
The 2020 Mid-Season Cup brings together the best 8 LoL teams from China and Korea. Four representatives from each region will take part in the tournament to fight for the title and the lion’s share of the USD $600,000 prize pool. The event takes place online from May 28 to 31, and starts at 2 am CT on Thursday.
Representatives from the LCK will compete at the LoL Park in Seoul, while LPL representatives bring the action straight from the Shanghai LPL Arena. The competition follows local protocols of both cities in South Korea and China. Both venues would be empty.
The 2020 Mid-Season Cup is the official replacement for the cancelled MSI and the first major international LoL event of the year. As such, Riot Games imposes strict game mechanics and protocols to monitor players online and promote transparency. The League of Legends dev team will standardize the ping level to 30 to 40 milliseconds with third-party tools.
To elaborate on the measures being taken by Riot, a representative from the dev team discussed the best and worst-case scenarios that might happen in a major online tournament:
“As we’re artificially raising the ping of the server, there’s no way to guarantee that there won’t be any instability within the server. If any problems arise, not only it may take a long time to serve, and in the worst-case scenario, cancellation of the competition is something that’s on the table. However, we’re working day and night to showcase incredible matches for the LoL esports fans, and are currently conducting various tests for MSC.”
LCK and LPL teams won’t compete as part of one region. The 8 teams are divided into two groups with four teams each in the group stage. They’ll compete first in BO3 round-robin matches before advancing to the playoffs. The next stage of the highly-acclaimed LoL tournament features BO5 matches with blind-picked first games.
JD Gaming – LPL
Invictus Gaming – LPL
Gen.G – LCK
DragonX – LCK
T1 – LCK
DAMWON Gaming – LCK
Top Esports – LPL
FunPlus Phoenix – LPL